Coastal Flood Statement issued for Hudson County for Saturday
The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Statement at 3:47 PM Friday, valid for Saturday between 7 AM and 9 AM for Hudson County.
“Flooding up to a half-foot above ground level is expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline,” the weather service describes.
“Brief, minor flooding at most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline,” comments the weather service. “Do not drive through flooded roads.”
Deciphering advisories, watches and warnings: Understanding weather alerts
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring. In areas prone to flooding, it is necessary to move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is sudden, violent inundation that can develop within minutes to hours, and can occur even in areas that are not currently experiencing rainfall.
- Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flood warning is announced when flooding is about to occur or is already underway.
- Flood Warning: Pay attention:
A flood warning is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, this may cause significant inconvenience and, if care is not taken, may lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared:
A flood warning is issued when conditions are conducive to flooding. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.
Staying safe during a flood: Recommendations from the weather service
Floods can be a major threat, especially if you live in a flood-prone area or find yourself camping in a low-lying area. To ensure your safety, the Weather Service offers basic flood safety guidelines:
1. Find high ground:
- If you live in a flood-prone area or are camping in a low-lying area, the first step to safety is to move to higher ground.
2. Follow evacuation orders:
- When local authorities issue an evacuation order, obey it immediately. Before leaving, secure your home by locking it.
3. Disconnect utilities and appliances:
- If time permits, disconnect your utilities and appliances. This precaution reduces electrical risks during floods.
4. Avoid basements and flooded areas:
- Stay away from basements or rooms with flooded outlets or electrical cords. This helps prevent electrical accidents.
5. Immediate safety evacuation:
- If you notice a spark or hear buzzing, clicking or popping sounds, evacuate immediately. Avoid any water that may be electrostatically charged.
6. Refrain from walking in flood water:
- Never attempt to walk through flood water. Even just 6 inches of fast moving water can forcefully knock you off your feet.
7. Look for higher ground if you are trapped:
- If trapped by moving water, head to the highest available point and contact emergency services by dialing 911.
When heavy rain falls, there is a risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. It is important that you never attempt to drive through water on the road, no matter how deep it is. According to the weather service, up to 12 inches of rushing water could wash away most vehicles. Prioritize your safety by staying informed and prepared.
Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips
When heavy rain falls, the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions increases. Whether it’s prolonged rainfall or rapid runoff, preparation is essential. Here are some valuable safety tips from the weather service to ensure you stay safe in heavy rain:
Beware of swollen waterways:
- During heavy rain, avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water can pose a serious hazard.
Maintain safe driving distances:
- The two-second rule for distance tracking is your ally in heavy rain. Extend it to four seconds to ensure safe spacing in adverse conditions.
Slow down and be careful:
- If it rains and the roads are wet, slow down. Lift your foot off the accelerator and let your speed gradually decrease. Never apply the brakes suddenly as this may cause the vehicle to skid.
Choose your path wisely:
- Stick to the middle lanes on multi-lane roads to reduce the risk of aquaplaning, as water tends to accumulate in the outer lanes.
The importance of vision:
- Enhance your visibility in heavy rain by turning on your headlights. Beware of vehicles in your blind spots, as rain-stained windows can obscure them.
Beware of slippery roads:
- The first half hour of rain is when the roads are smoothest due to a combination of rain, dirt and oil. Use extreme caution during this period.
Keep a safe distance from large vehicles:
- Do not follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray generated by their large tires reduces your visibility. Be careful when passing them too; If you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:
- Heavy rain may overload the wiper blades. When visibility is so limited that road edges or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to stop and wait for the rain to subside. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas.
- If the side of the road is your only option, drive as far away as possible, preferably past the end of the guardrail, and wait for the storm to pass. Keep your headlights on and turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers of your location.
In the face of heavy rain, these precautions can make a big difference in ensuring your safety on the road. Remember to stay informed of the weather conditions and listen to local authorities’ advice for a safe trip.
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